UTS Centre for Local Government


UTS Centre for Local Government
University of Technology, Sydney

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Broadway NSW 2007

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235 Jones Street
Ultimo NSW 2007

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Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance

    Supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat

Current Issue

Click here to view the July 2012 Issue.

Call for Papers Closed

Submissions for the July 2012 edition of the journal are now closed.


The Commonwealth e-Journal of Local Governance journal is auspiced by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (UK), edited by Steven Martin and Alison Brown, Cardiff University,  and published by UTS Centre for Local Government (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia). The Journal is supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat. It is published on the UTS E-Press website.

The Journal is part of a broader initiative stemming from the 2007 Commonwealth Local Government Conference to strengthen the role and contribution of CLGF's Associate Members (universities and training institutes) in providing research and policy support to CLGF programs, and in promoting research into local governance across the Commonwealth. An e-Journal was seen as a good vehicle to bring together perspectives of both researchers and practitioners from Commonwealth countries, and to disseminate information, ideas and practice as widely as possible. 

The Journal's editorial priorities and themes are the result of these deliberations. It will focus on two main themes:

  • Improving local governance
  • Local government as an agent of development

Sub-themes may include (but are not limited to):

  • Concepts of local democracy, citizenship and community participation/empowerment
  • Strategic leadership and planning
  • Traditional leadership and local government
  • Improving local governance (better systems, efficiency, effectiveness, ethics etc)
  • Decentralisation and re-centralisation
  • Municipal finance and capacity (including aid management)
  • Global issues and local government: climate change, health, economic transformation, urbanisation etc
  • Social inclusion (including gender equity and poverty alleviation)
  • Performance measurement and management
  • Inter-government relations.

To meet its objectives, the journal will include a mix of formal research papers, practice notes and other contributions. It is divided into four sections:

  • Research and Evaluation: peer-reviewed research papers, typically 6-8000 words
  • Commentary: shorter scholarly pieces that put forward a particular viewpoint on an area of research or practice
  • Practice: articles describing current practices in local governance and development
  • News and Reviews: short notes on current or forthcoming events, and book reviews.

 In addition, the journal may publish special articles or background papers to provide in-depth information on a particular aspect of local governance or development in the Commonwealth.

The Journal will be published bi-annually in May and November. For further information about editorial schedules or contributions, please contact Alison Brown.


Call for Papers

Journal Sections

Section Description
Research and evaluation:
Research and evaluation: Peer-reviewed research papers, typically 6-8000 words.    
Shorter scholarly pieces that put forward a particular viewpoint on an area of research or practice.    
Practice: Articles describing current practices in local governance and development.    
Literature Reviews:
Literature Reviews: Short notes on current or forthcoming events, and book reviews.    

Our Guidelines for Authors may be downloaded here.

To enquire about making a submission please contact Daniel Grafton.



Launch of the Journal

The first issue of the Journal launched in London at Marlborough House on 7 May 2008 with video messages from the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Basil Morrison, and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Technology, Sydney, Professor Ross Milbourne. Other speakers included the Secretary General of CLGF, Carl Wright; Mr John wilkins, Acting Head of the Governance and Institutional Development Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat; Dr Bishnu Ragoonath of the University of the West Indies; and Centre Director Graham Sansom.

Centre Director Graham Sansom speaking at the launch of the e-journal



Editorial Board

The CLGF Board has appointed the following members to the journal's editorial board:

  • Graham Sansom, UTS Centre for Local Government, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Munawwar Alam, Commonwealth Secretariat, London
  • Philip Amis, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Richard Crook, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
  • John Harker, Cape Breton University, Canada
  • Graham Hassall, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
  • John Kiyaga-Nsubuga, Uganda Management Institute, Uganda
  • Peter McKinlay, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • Sneha Palnitkar, All India Institute of Local Self Government, India
  • Phang Siew Nooi, Open University Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Bishnu Ragoonath, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies
  • PS Reddy, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
  • Randal Smith, London  Borough of Hackney, United Kingdom

Editorial Team:

  • Alison Brown, Cardiff University, United Kingdom (Editor)
  • Ruth Leo, Cardiff University, United Kingdom (Assistant Editor)
  • Steve Martin, Cardiff University, United Kingdom (Assistant Editor)
  • Susan Rhodes, CLGF Secretariat, London (Editorial Consultant)